The day before my wedding, my uncle summoned me to the lobby of our hotel. When I met him, a normally jovial man sat very seriously sipping coffee. He told me to sit and said he had something very important to share.

He continued, “I’ve been happily married for 12 years and I want to tell you the secret to our success. If mamma is happy, everyone is happy. It’s that simple, Paul.” 

I had heard this statement before, but normally in jest, not from someone I knew with a relationship I respected… someone who was serious. 

Now, 10 years into my own marriage, I can fully endorse this simple yet profound advice.

The following 10 items are things I learned first hand to keep mamma happy (and therefore, keep everyone happy).

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